Spring Season

The Wicked Folly Tour returns to the Blackfriars Playhouse

Calder Shilling. Photo by Tommy Thompson.

Summer/Fall Season

Vacation in England - without the passport - as we head to the woods, traipse across the countryside, and hatch plans with a villain.

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Shunté Lofton. Photo by Lindsey Walters.

Holiday Season

Bring the whole family to the Blackfriars Playhouse for an experience they'll be raving about at both the adults' and kids' tables!

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Aleca Piper and Andrew Goldwasser. Photo by Lindsey Walters.

Actors' Renaissance Season

This season, we create theatre with no director, little costume assistance, and very little rehearsal time – similar to the way we believe Shakespeare’s company operated.

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David Anthony Lewis. Photo by Lindsey Walters.

Sense and Sensibility

By JANE AUSTEN

Adapted by EMMA WHIPDAY with BRIAN McMAHON

Directed by STEPHANIE HOLLADAY EARL

Sponsored by DR. RICHARD SMITH

After their father dies, the Dashwood women must learn to embrace a new life, for better or for worse. Sisters Marianne (a hopeless romantic) and Elinor (a stoic realist) experience the pitfalls of society, the generosity of new friends, and the passion of unexpected love in this world-premiere adaptation of Jane Austen's exquisite early work. By battling through vicious gossip, relative poverty, and silly characters (not to mention countless set-ups by the "helpful" Mrs. Jennings), these sisters learn the importance of both sense and sensibility.

April 11 - June 9
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Macbeth

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by BENJAMIN CURNS

Sponsored by AARON AND CANDICE HARK

From the first words of the play until the title character loses his head, Shakespeare's shortest tragedy is also his most unrelenting examination of the dark side of humanity. Driven to bloody deeds by their lust for power and supernatural predictions, Macbeth and his Lady fight to hold on to their ill-gotten throne, their sanity, and each other by any means necessary.

April 12 - June 9
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The Taming of the Shrew

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by JEMMA ALIX LEVY

Sponsored by ANONYMOUS

This hilarious comedy is much more than a "battle of the sexes"; it is also a profound look at the necessity of "play" in our lives. This production includes Shakespeare's "Induction," which presents the Kate and Petruchio story as a play within the play. Blending romantic comedy and outlandish farce, Shakespeare gives us a love story of psychological liberation and the mysteries of being married.

April 13 - June 10
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Equivocation

By BILL CAIN

Directed by VANESSA MOROSCO

Sponsored by KEVIN AND DIANE WILSHERE

Equivocation is "the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself" - and Equivocation is exactly that. Robert Cecil, Secretary of State to James I, commissions the unwilling playwright William Shagspeare to write a history of the Gunpowder Plot, the failed assassination of King James. Shag takes on this controversial play and uncovers a murderous conspiracy so scandalous even he couldn't have written it.

April 25 - June 8
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As You Like It

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by RALPH ALAN COHEN

Sponsored by ANONYMOUS

To escape death, the extraordinary Rosalind, her brave cousin Celia, and one of Shakespeare’s funniest fools flee into the woods. There, in the bewitching Forest of Arden, they discover shepherds and aristocrats, country folk and lovers – and, ultimately, life, love, joy, and freedom. Shakespeare’s glorious and wise comedy As You Like It reminds us of everything it is to be alive.

June 13 – December 2
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Emma

By JANE AUSTEN

Adapted by EMMA WHIPDAY

Directed by Stephanie Holladay Earl

For “handsome, clever, and rich” Emma Woodhouse, romance can be hit or miss. An only child and a self-declared matchmaker, Emma uses her considerable (and misguided) talents to find partners for her less-fortunate friends. Though she declares she’ll never marry, even Emma falls victim to the pitfalls of love in Jane Austen’s witty and charming tale.

June 14 – December 1
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Richard III

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by JENNY BENNETT

Richard III chronicles the cataclysmic end of England’s greatest power struggle, the Wars of the Roses. Richard is the play’s remarkable, charismatic, and repulsive ringmaster – he takes the audience into his confidence as he plots to kill everyone before him in line for the throne. Being seduced by Richard’s shameless treachery is one of theatre-going’s most delicious guilty pleasures.

July 6 – December 1
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The Man of Mode, or Sir Fopling Flutter

By GEORGE ETHEREGE

Directed by CHRISTOPHER MARINO

The rake Dorimant and a merry gang of ladies and gents are up to no good in The Man of Mode. Dorimant’s involvement with a married woman and her younger friend complicate his budding interest in Harriet, a beautiful heiress; the romantic interests of his friends and their parents complicate everything else. Throw in disguises, tricks, and one fancy fop, and this witty comedy of manners will have you rolling in your seat.

August 22 – November 30
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A Christmas Carol

By CHARLES DICKENS

The 2018/19 Hand of Time Tour takes a break from touring the country to give you some ghostly season’s greetings. Marley, the three Christmas ghosts, the Cratchits, and Tiny Tim are all back to take Scrooge on the ride of his money-grubbing life. Expect to be right in the middle of this beloved tale with new twists, surprises, and a production filled with music and cheer for the whole family.

December 5 – 26
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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

by MICHAEL CARLETON, JIM FITZGERALD, and JOHN K. ALVAREZ

Original music by WILL KNAPP

What better way to ring in the holidays than with every Christmas story ever? This fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics, and then some. Hold on tight as you take a tinsel-covered rollercoaster ride bursting with laughter, carols, and joy, and prepare to leave with memories to last a lifetime.

December 4 – 26
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The Merry Wives of Windsor

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Sponsored by BO AND SANDI ROSE

Urban legend claims that Queen Elizabeth asked Shakespeare to write a play featuring “the fat knight in love.” In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff is certainly in lust, if not truly in love. The objects of his affection, two clever Windsor wives, team up to outsmart and outmaneuver one of Shakespeare’s most beloved bad boys. Romance, farce, and a loving portrait of Elizabethan domestic life blend in this irresistible comic confection.

January 11, 2019 – April 13, 2019
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Henry IV, Part 1

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

In this thrilling and poignant coming-of-age story, Shakespeare gives us the whole world: the fabulous fat knight, the troubled king, the hot-blooded warrior, the prodigal prince, and the crew of big-hearted Eastcheap rabble-rousers. Henry IV, Part 1 is Shakespeare’s masterful exploration of family and friends; honor and happiness; and those moments when we are forced to choose between the thing we desire and the thing we know we must do.

January 12, 2019 – April 11, 2019
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Shakespeare's New Contemporaries #1

Sponsored by DR. SHERRY WOOD SHUMAN

This is the inaugural play of Shakespeare's New Contemporaries.  This play will be inspired by and in conversation with The Merry Wives of Windsor or Henry IV, Part 1.  Come to see how this new play engages with Shakespeare's work and support the next generation of the world's greatest playwrights.  Stay tuned for the official announcement of this winning play in June 2018.

February 7, 2019 – April 14, 2019
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The Belle's Stratagem

By HANNAH COWLEY

Letitia and Doricourt, though engaged for years, haven’t seen each other since they were children. In this comedy of town and country, Letitia outwits and outplays her “worldly” betrothed to win his love. A cast of characters, including Letitia’s tricky father, the divided Touchwood couple, and a pair of rogues, all wind up at a masquerade ball where mistaken identity makes the best match.

February 28, 2019 – April 13, 2019
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Arden of Faversham

By UNKNOWN

On February 14, 1551, Thomas Arden was brutally murdered in his own home. Arden of Faversham follows the scheming wife, lover, and hired henchman who carried out the notorious murder that rocked Elizabethan England. One of the earliest domestic tragedies to focus on ordinary, lower-class citizens, this play proves that a grisly, true-crime tale always captivates audiences.

March 20, 2019 – April 12, 2019
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Excerpt: Shakesfear and How to Cure It

The second edition of Dr. Ralph's essential guide to teaching Shakespeare is available from Bloomsbury this May. Read an excerpt here on the blog.

Actor Notes: Inside Hamlet's Journal

Get an inside look at the journal carried by Josh Innerst throughout the production of HAMLET.

2018/19 Single Tickets On Sale Now

Buy early to claim the best seats. Plus, new ticket discounts mean better deals for teachers, veterans, and students!

A Love Letter to the Plays That Aren't Hamlet

Literary Manager Anne Morgan reflects on ANTONIO'S REVENGE and the Shakespeare's New Contemporaries Project

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